Sunday went well for the Mets: Jacob deGrom tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, they ended Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak, and Juan Uribe hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning. It didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, as there was an intruder in the Mets’ clubhouse weight room. ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the details:
The intruder — a baby raccoon, according to reliever Bobby Parnell — was docile and cooperative and willingly entered a cage.
With Mr. Met, there wasn’t any need to adopt a new mascot, though that certainly would have made for a good narrative.
The Nationals lost on Sunday, so the Mets picked up a game in the NL East, trailing by only two games.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.